Connect – Pastoral Care 

The Pastoral Care Team 

West Shore’s Pastoral Care Team doesn’t have a motto, but if it did, it might be semper paratus, always ready. The team has a commitment to be prepared to meet the pastoral care needs of our members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 For Members of West Shore--What We Can Do: 

  • We can visit you when you're ill;
  • We can sit with you or a family member through surgery or the surgery of a loved one;
  • We can bring you food;
  • We can try to connect you with community resources that may be able to assist you;
  • We can provide spiritual support, comfort and prayer;
  • We can offer occasional and modest assistance with tangible needs such as food, shelter or clothing;
  • We can listen and be a supportive caring presence during times of crisis or distress.

For emergencies, contact a minister (non business hours) or a member of the West Shore staff during regular business hours at 440-333-2255. For ongoing pastoral care, contact Doris Matthey, Commissioned Lay Leader or Kathy Strawser, Chair of the Pastoral Care Team


The details of your personal situation will not be shared outside the Pastoral Care Team and Ministry Team. However, both teams are required to communicate needs, requests, responses and concerns to one another. 

Parish Nurse

West Shore is proud to have a Parish Nurse as part of our volunteer staff and as adjunct member of the Pastoral Care Team. Parish Nurse Marti Travis can be reached through the church office 440-333-2255.To find out more about what a parish nurse is and can do for you, visit the Parish Nurse website, click here.

UU've Got a Friend- Westlake

West Shore is starting a pilot program called UU've Got a Friend which is a network of neighbors, based on zip code, who agree to look out and care for one another. This is a pilot program and is currently offered only to residents of Westlake.  However, we hope to eventually expand the program.   This is completely voluntary of course; you would sign up at the church office and would be contacted by the Neighborhood Coordinator.  Watch for more information about this program in the church newsletter; the weekly e-news and announcements in the order of service.



Elder Support Group


The West Shore Elder Support Group meets regularly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.The primary purpose of the group is to maintain health and quality of life in order to remain independent and stay in our own homes.Members range in age from 60’s-90’s.Members support each other emotionally and help each other cope with problems of aging.(i.e. Health problems, Social isolation, Anxiety, Finding Resources)Members match up and help each other between sessions.(i.e. socialize, support one another, etc.) For more information contact Paul


Addiction Ministry

Our mission is to reduce the stigma of addiction.

The aim of our ministry is to create an atmosphere of openness and compassion for those who suffer from addiction, directly or indirectly.

By lifting the silence surrounding addictions, we seek to ease suffering and promote understanding and recovery. If you, or members of your family, have been touched by addiction, we want the church to be a safe place for you to talk about it.

We understand “addiction” in its broadest sense to include substance abuse and behavioral addictions, such as gambling, eating disorders, sex and love, pornography, indebtedness, the internet. One is addicted to a substance or behavior if one suffers serious negative consequences from its use and continues that use in spite of the consequences.

We understand the debilitating nature of addiction and its devastating effects on the physical, emotional, and spiritual lives of those who are affected.

Addiction is in part a spiritual disorder, and long-term recovery is in large part a spiritual process, involving reconnection to one’s true self, to others, and to one’s understanding of the transcendent. Such healing most often takes place in community.

Because Unitarian Universalists profess the inherent worth and dignity of every person, we believe our faith community is well-suited for this work.  The addiction ministry team meets the first Thursday of the month, at 2:00 p.m.  Click here to send a confidential email to the chair.